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How Queensland’s Human Rights Act protects fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling from being extradited to NSW

On the 3rd of September 2021, the NSW Supreme Court sentenced Shane Dowling (me) to 10 months jail for contempt of court and issued an arrest warrant but the Queensland Human Rights Act gives the right to a “fair hearing” to every Queenslander which I say was breached.

It’s a “right” that will be tested in court if I am arrested but the right to a “fair hearing” guaranteed by a Human Rights Act is something every Australian should have which they currently don’t.

Human Rights is an issue that should be on the federal government’s agenda given the continual persecution of whistleblowers David McBride, Richard Boyle, Julian Assange and others.

Australia does not have a Human Rights Act but Queensland and the ACT do which might help David McBride whose matter is being tried in the ACT courts. People living in other states and the NT should be asking why do people living in Queensland and the ACT have more human rights than they do.

I wrote about the arrest warrant in reasonable detail just after it was issued in September 2021 (Click here to read the article) and I published the below video so I won’t write too much more now.

I lived in NSW from 2000 to November 2019 when I moved back to Queensland. The court was aware I lived in Queensland, but they refused numerous applications by me to transfer the matter to Queensland and forced me to represent myself over a video link.

At the time I had spent 10 years writing extensively about corruption in the NSW Supreme Court accusing approximately 20 NSW Supreme Court judges of various crimes, on this website and in 3 books, so it was obvious I was never going to get a fair trial in NSW.

I argue the 10 months jail sentence and arrest warrant put the NSW Government, NSW Supreme Court, Justice Kelly Rees and others in breach of the Queensland Human Rights Act which is something that would be argued in full at any extradition attempt. 

If I was to be extradited the Queensland police would have to arrest me and a Queensland court would have to approve the extradition which I would appeal. I would also argue the Queensland police and Queensland courts would be in breach of the Queensland Human Rights Act.

Given the Queensland Human Rights Act is only a couple of years old any court matter would likely set a precedent and on that basis there would be a high likelihood of the Queensland Attorney-General and/or Human Rights Commissioner intervening at some point. 

Normally when dealing with judicial corruption the only safeguard is an appeal which is heard by 3 mates of the judge who stitched you up so you have very little chance if any unless there is media coverage which only helps sometimes.

But running an argument at an extradition hearing that my human rights under the Queensland Human Rights Act have been breached would put the NSW Government, NSW Supreme Court, Justice Kelly Rees and others on trial for breaching the Queensland Human Rights Act. That is a gauntlet that none of them would ever want to run.

The major reason I have not been arrested I have no doubt is that I am not a threat to anyone and no one in the NSW government wants to sign off on a request to the Queensland Police asking that they arrest me as a matter of urgency.

If I was arrested all the NSW Government and NSW Supreme Courts dirty laundry would spill out in court at the extradition hearing that I would challenge which is another reason I doubt anyone in the NSW Government are keen to have me arrested and attempt to extradite me.

Kerry Stokes’ Seven West Media and the Seven Network

The contempt of court was a private prosecution by the Kerry Stokes controlled Seven West Media and the Seven Network who have stalked me with multiple SLAPP Lawsuits since 2014 for exposing Kerry Stokes’ corruption.

Ironically Stokes’ right-hand man Bruce McWilliam lied to a journalist and said Seven had nothing to do with the court case which is something that would also be raised at any extradition hearing. (Click here to read more)

Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 (Started on the 1st of January 2020)

Some of the key details relevant to court and policing matters are below:

Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 human rights in law.

The Act protects the rights of everyone in Queensland. You don’t need to be a resident, or have a particular citizenship or visa status.

It requires the Queensland public sector – Queensland Government departments and agencies, local councils, and organisations providing services to the public on behalf of the state government – to act and make decisions which are compatible with the rights it protects. Private businesses, private schools and health services, and the federal government and its agencies (including Centrelink and Medicare) are not obligated to comply with it.

It applies from 1 January 2020 and to acts and decisions made on or after that date. It is not retrospective.

Generally, rights are not absolute – that is, they are allowed to be limited, but only after careful consideration and only in a way that is necessary, justifiable and proportionate.

The Act primarily protects civil and political rights drawn from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It also protects two rights drawn from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (rights to education and health services) and one right drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (property rights). The Act also explicitly protects the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Although the Act does not make international law part of our law in Queensland, it does make it clear that, when interpreting human rights, courts can consider international law.

The Act requires each arm of government to act compatibly with these human rights. This means that:

The role of courts and tribunals

Although Queensland courts and tribunals are independent of government, they have important duties under the Human Rights Act 2019.

The Act applies to courts and tribunals when they are performing functions that are relevant to the rights protected under the Act. This includes both the judicial and administrative functions of courts and tribunals.

Judicial functions include the work courts and tribunals do in hearing cases and handing down judgements. Examples of the human rights that will apply to judicial functions include:

  • equality before the law;
  • fair hearing; and
  • rights in criminal proceedings.


The Attorney-General and the Queensland Human Rights Commission have the right to intervene in proceedings in courts and tribunals where there is a question of law about the application of the Act or the interpretation of a legislation in the way the Act requires. (Click here to read more)

I thought it was valuable to write about this now as I will write further and do more videos on Australian human rights in the future. It’s fairly disturbing that the ACT and Queensland have human rights protections that other states don’t.

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7 replies »

  1. Shane you are the poison chalice that no corrupt party, person or entity wants to be passed to them ! Let alone drink from ! Legends surround such chalice ….thus you are a Legend !

  2. I don’t think you have too much to worry about, Shane. The authorities probably do not regard your case as sufficiently important otherwise they would have pursued you long before now. The only possible downside for you is that you might not be able to travel outside the borders of Queensland or the ACT for fear of being arrested.

  3. Regarding the lack of constitutionally protected Human Rights in Australia, it’s telling that neither side of politics has ever raised it as something they would like to do. The Executive and Judicial arms of government are quite happy to leave their citizens powerless. Australia apparently, is the only western “democracy” without a Bill of Rights to protect citizens against government and judicial malfeasance.

  4. I wouldn’t expect any Qld Courts or Qld Police to have any respect for your ‘human rights’ here either. That’s based on my own personal experience. The Human Rights Commission in Qld is a toothless tiger that can’t even decide whether rights have been violated or not. All they can do is mediate. Good luck and keep fighting the good fight.

  5. Always said previously, Shane, you should have been a criminal lawyer. You are some well informed of legal criminal proceedings.But I believe you are doing a great job by bringing all the corruption to the public’s attention through KCA.
    All power to you.

  6. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    – Martin Luther King
    Keep up the good work Shane!
    KCA is like a waterhole in an all-consuming ever-expanding desert!

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